GARVCO's SparkPeople Blog GARVCO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail! Yesterday was a no plan day.....and while it could have ended up in a failure, I pulled though with some things and the end of the day, mainly housework, good eating, a recommitment to planning one's days and no alcohol!! <BR> <BR> Today I am so far on the right track. Morning efficiencies with various things, including a workout and taking time to visit SP and add to my Accountability Blogging efforts. <BR> <BR> Work out: 1st day with arms adding back in after OK by dr. <BR> <BR> 12 mins... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:35:35 EST New week at Accountability! #3 Crazy me, but I like Mondays. For me it is a reset for the week or from the weekend! So today I had my plan and have stuck to it thus far! I had a good breakfast and lunch, hydrating and have gotten in my workout and a trip to the Orthopedic Doctor for a follow up on my shoulder. <BR> <BR> I am happy to say, that we are well on the mend and I do not need to go back to him unless my pain should come back with a vengeance. I have to ease back into my Golf and weights and I intend to follow... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:20:48 EST Accountability 2 So here is my next entry on my quest to accountability and success - again! <BR> <BR> I worked out m, t, w of this week - I took off Thursday as my body told me to and this morning I was raring to go! I got an hour's workout in at a fitness center located within our Club - its so wonderful to have this available to me. <BR> <BR> Here's the work out: <BR> 20 mins (200 cals) on the elliptical. 4 min warm up; about 12 mins of variety of grade changes, tension changes and speed. 2 mins of ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:16:36 EST Pity Party is Over - accountability = success I Just reread a blog of mine from a year ago. I was beginning a journey at a new gym and I have to report it was fantastic and I was SUCCESSFUL - dropped well into the 150's, a goal of mine and even hit the 148 for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, tendonitis, overuse and the like in my shoulder has sidelined me for the past 3 months....and more unfortunate - I have put the weight back on. So the Pity Party is over and I have been back working out as best I can without going outside do... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:23:58 EST Meaningful Motivation For the past 6 months I have been working out at a Total Body Gym - this is a gym that is very focused in how they teach and getting you to train effectively. You are never forced to do more than you can, just motivated to try the next level and do the best you can without breaking down on your form - they are cautious about injury. There are a mix of weights and cardio circuits. There is also one class that is all short bursts of cardio with a heart rate monitor; you work to get in your "... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:57:26 EST #4 Guess its that middle age thing I am behind in A-Blog-A-Day, but I thought I would still go in order of the intitial prompts provided - Here is #4: <BR> <BR> 4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> In thinking about this question, a common thread that I find in my blogs and comments comes to mind: I want to be healthy so that I can DO THINGS and be active for the next phase of my life. That empty nester/mother-in-law/(gasp) grandmother/proud mom of successful children/and loving-aging-... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 08:06:26 EST # 3 - The big goals question - not sure? 3. What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards? <BR> <BR> To answer this honestly, I have to say simply that I am not sure. Big pic, long term goal ? wow. Well: <BR> <BR> We as a household are moving into that season of young adult children. We range from the youngest in 11th to a Fr. and Soph in college and one home from college on her way (hopefully) to Medical School. So life is moving fast - we have more time on our hands, but the challenge... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:23:57 EST Blog #2 on 3-week blog quest - "I CAN meet Goals I! Set." 2. Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-term goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that goal? <BR> <BR> Why the "!" after the word I? Well, too many times when one is a stay at home mom and the hub of the wheel for so many other people, whose goals are whom's can get confusing. Getting a kid's college applications off on time, preparing a nice holiday gathering or getting through a full day of chores....are these my goals? ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:31:31 EST "Yes, let's go do that!"Goal Setting - blog-a-day #1 Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it? <BR> <BR> This year, I set an overall goal to honestly go after my desire to drop a significant amount of weight and get more fit. I was watching my food intake and doing a variety of start and stop exercising. I would drop 1 to 3 pounds and boom, put it right back on. I took a serious look and saw th... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:24:56 EST Sometimes you just have to enjoy yourself. Sometimes you have to just enjoy yourself, no guilt. And that is surely what I did this past weekend. <BR> <BR> Actually, the weekend started off on Thursday night. My husband and I were home with only our 18 year old daughter and we decided to try out our club's al-fresco pizza oven dining, overlooking the golf course. We so rarely get to spend time alone with only 1 child and this one is headed off to college in a few weeks. No time for wine or food calorie counting - just simple enj... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:24:50 EST A few US Open Pictures posted I find myself jammed for time - put a few photos from the practice days (when you can take photos) <BR> <BR> Pictures are in my photo portion of my page Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:47:49 EST US Open and Merion Golf Club - more to come I promise I had a fantastic week working and spectating at the US Open - If you read about it or watched it - it was truly everything they said. I am just so jammed for time this and last week that I haven't been able to write about the experience. <BR> <BR> A few tidbits: <BR> Thurs morning - assisted with an OB ball of Sergio's on the 14th that knocked a spectator's hat off <BR> <BR> Husband lost his keys on Friday - and when we arrived on Saturday and took a chance at Lost & found ..... yes! So... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:50:41 EST It's a Golf Crazy Time here in Philadelphia This is not really a health/fitness/weight loss motivational blog - rather I just thought it would be fun to write about my experience working as a hole marshal at the 2013 US Golf Open at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA. <BR> <BR> I am very appreciative of my ability to work as a Marshal at the Open. I worked 2 prior tournaments in this area and really enjoyed being out amongst the people. So I jumped at the chance to do it for this historic Open. <BR> <BR> I have played Merion - i... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:07:24 EST All in All, not bad In my son's competitive swimming, when you remain within 10% of your most recent personal best time, you are doing just fine. <BR> <BR> With that in mind, just how could I be upset with a 1lb upward blip to 160 from my recent break into the 150's? I am not upset because I made good choices in an action packed week. My schedule was/is so thrown off by having all 4 kids back home and the 2 oldest home from school and not working as of yet. The kitchen is like "rolling admissions." Food is ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:42:45 EST I guess the habit is breaking Last night I just felt something - after a wonderful Senior Awards night at our daughter's High school where she won 2 awards, we returned home to have dinner at about 9pm. It would have been a very nice occasion to celebrate with a glass of wine and my husband had opened one of our favorite regular dinner wines. <BR> <BR> I just didn't have the need to drink any wine. I wasn't fighting the urge to drink it either. I just didn't have any. <BR> <BR> Then it dawned on me - the habit is bre... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:40:41 EST Accountability Finally Triggered For about a year now, I have been trying to get my weight to move down and stay down. I was tracking my food, dabbling in exercise videos and fooling myself that I am doing ok and eventually my weight will start to peal away more quickly. <BR> <BR> I was ignoring one facet of my calorie intake and I was not facing the fact that it was the main culprit for my lack of energy and stubborn scale. I was regularly drinking too much wine. 12 to 20 ounces of wine nightly and perhaps more on weeke... Fri, 24 May 2013 08:27:46 EST Tried a new outdoor activity today - wow; exhausted! This morning I had to drive our 16 year old son about an hour to a scout event. He did not camp out with the team the night before due to a dance at school; ah the important things in life. But he likes this event and has placed 1st in it and wanted to defend his title - and just what is this event? <BR> <BR> Orienteering. <BR> <BR> For years I have heard about this from my husband and sons. It is an annual event for their troop - one that is competitive and necessary for scout advancem... Sat, 4 May 2013 15:26:11 EST On track for an on-track weekend I have been doing really well for me in terms of my stick-to-it streak for nearly 2 weeks now. That is a big achievement for me. I have a real goal of breaking into the 150's and I am excited to know that I am so close. <BR> <BR> I have changed my weigh in day to Mondays. This is key for me, as it forces me to stay focused on the weekends - focused on food, drink and exercise. When my husband says "let's go for a 1hr hike - let's do some hills" I now jump at the chance - same with carr... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:48:07 EST Tuesday focus day! Last night I left a quick blog about my one step backward...but in actuality, those one steps have happened too often such that they have amounted to a significant leap - oops...but Today, tuesday is another day. <BR> <BR> Started it off in good focus; good food to start, short burst of cardio with jump rope and step and I truly hope these little steps amount to a huge jump forward in my healthy living efforts. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:43:29 EST shoot - was doing so well today one step backwards tonight... ugh..oh well, better focus tomorrow! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:46:45 EST Letting myself give in to motivation I so enjoy reading ~INDYGIRL's blog posts. THAT is a motivated woman and one whose words so easily motivate others - including me. I don't have 100 pounds to lose but to me, the 15 I do need to drop are just as important. <BR> <BR> While reading a few of her posts this morning, something clicked. I realized that I am astonished by the simple steps that multiply into significant weight loss, healthy fitness levels and moreover improved self. Further, I realized that too often I find tha... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:16:04 EST Heading Into Thanksgiving with the right Attitude! Good Friday Morning Before Thanksgiving! I am feeling confident that I can get through this holiday with little to no regrets. SP has helped with the wonderful motivational posts by so many of us. <BR> <BR> I will be cooking and have pulled a few recipes from several old Cooking Light Holiday issues that I have kept over the years. If I provide healthy and flavorful items along with the "mass starch" ones that we all love....I'll have good choices. I am not a big pie fan - I love to bake ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:41:47 EST July 4th was my last Blog entry?! I had to laugh - at myself and with myself when I opened up my SP Page and read my last Blog entry - July 4th - my goodness - seems like a lifetime ago! And, who was I to think I could stay on track without at least weekly tracking or checking in on my exercise and eating habits....well we all know how that went. 4 pounds back on, exercise down and yet again putting ME on the back burner. <BR> <BR> Life has been on fast forward - exciting, but all too easy to fall into bad habits of too ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:05:05 EST My Independence Day I am marking today my Independence day - independent from overeating on a regular basis - independent from laziness - independent from self doubt. <BR> <BR> This morning I finally broke back into the 150's at 159.5!! I will take it! <BR> <BR> I restarted SP with the attitude that the 3rd time is the charm. I read an amazing blog here by Indygirl and took her comments to the effect " I just started to move..." I started to move - long walks turn into runs - yesterday I went the furthest I... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 09:13:58 EST Through the flurry of June, SP has kept me on track This has been a June to remember! Much activity leading to significant stress and emotions - But - I kept on track with my eating and fit a good amount of exercise to boot. Results - down about 1/2 pound and I call that a success! <BR> <BR> Here's the timeline: <BR> June 2nd - HS Grad party at our house <BR> June 14th - HS Graduation; our son <BR> June 18th - 16 yr. Daughter flys out on service trip to Costa Rica <BR> June 18th - 20 yr Daughter starts summer internship in city <BR> June 23... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 08:09:28 EST Just a little beyond the comfort zone! You know what? It's true - everything you read about getting healthy and fit - you just have to DO IT! You have to move, you have to push just beyond your comfort zone. Then, it hits - the slight "need" to do it daily, top push a little more and a little more. <BR> <BR> I just recently got to this stage. Our son is headed to the Naval Academy and he hates to run - he is supposed to run daily with specific time goals. He is in great shape and can run, just hates to run and the nerves of ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:28:46 EST push through the negative Rain on Monday, traveled all day yesterday; tired and looking a mounds of laundry and other tasks....exercise? Ok - its sunny - just get out there - ok, not a full hour available, so why not push a little harder over 30 seem minutes. <BR> <BR> Now I feel great - faster run/walk pace today, a good little sweat going on, heart rate coming down .... I am happy. <BR> <BR> Push through the negative to get to the happy Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:36:09 EST re-reading to re-energize Back in February I had a blog on "doing for Lent" which talked about mini-goals and following through. This morning I found myself in a quiet house, a tad "messy" from a rainy weekend and indoor projects. I have too many things on my mind or things I want to do - exercise, clean, food shop, banking, closets, etc. I found my mind "walking in circles" and thought - Hey I have that Blog on the mini-goals. I wonder if I can find that airtravel magazine article (where I got the mini-goal recip... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:20:50 EST A quick adjustment saves the day and sparks a response! In my last blog entry I "could smell the 159.5" ... well as past patterns tend to repeat themselves, I slowly let little unnecessary pleasures sneak into my day. A second glass of wine, a few extra handfuls of Cheez It crackers or that slice of cheese for me when making dinner or lunches. Even though I had walked and played 18 holes of golf both Sat. and Sunday AND carried my own bag on Sunday (yep we have a caddy program which I had to use on Sat.)....I knew that 150's smell was waning. S... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:08:08 EST Break Through Week ---- Check! Thrilled - I worked hard and stuck to my goals and success cam my way. I hit a number 162.5 that I have not seen in nearly a year! So my ticker said I was at164....but to be honest, it should have been moved to 166.5 about 3 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I can "smell" 159.5 <BR> <BR> I will keep to my program - use this thrill to energize my efforts - tell my family so they can give me the support I need. I know they will be thrilled to have the happy mom/wife that comes with reaching my goals.... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:18:38 EST Is this the break through week? It has been a good week! While I haven't been able to get the cardio in that I would have liked due some knee pain, I have been working the core and the arms and what fun it is to see the muscles emerge! <BR> <BR> My eating has been good - I have made simple choices that I am hoping will add up to big bennefits come Monday morning weigh in. I feel really good about my eating last night. Thursday nights are the most difficult. I prepare and cook the kids meal prior to boy scouts at 7pm - ... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 09:53:34 EST Agh! Hate it when I have a mild injury I'm starting to get frustrated. My left knee is most likely suffering from tendonitis or bursitis...which ever, its the same prognosis - rest, limited use, ice and advil. Well, it is really putting a damper in my exercise...of course I keep thinking it is alright and push. Saturday I played 9 holes of golf carrying my bag - that was after I had run for the 1st time in a month on Friday - now, I haven't really walked/hiked or ran and its Wed. evening. <BR> <BR> Hmm? who to blame - oh yes,... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:05:56 EST Keeping life in perspective - priceless Life comes at us FAST - an understatement. It just throws stuff at you everyday and how you deal with that, how you are set up to deal with that truly defines you. <BR> <BR> I am writing this upon returning from the Pennsylvania State High School Swimming Championships - our 9th grade son competed in a relay with two 12th graders and an 11th grader. He was one of about 13 9th graders that qualified for the meet. And I am so amazed by these 4 boys and how they handled a truly disappointi... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:20:06 EST Nerves are setting in - in a good way! I just returned from dropping my son at his school. His State team of 4 swimmers and 1 diver are leaving for the State Swimming & Diving Championships at Bucknell University. He's in 9th grade. <BR> <BR> He has been swimming competitively since he was 8 and I am so happy that all his work - his wonderful perspective on sports and swimming - have paid off with a trip to States as part of a relay. I/we are not crazy sports parents. He was not burnt out as a young competitor (by young I m... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:08:08 EST Sticking to it amongst the excitement The household excitement continues! My youngest son made it to the PA State Championships in swimming as a 9th grader - his 200 medley relay will be competing and one of his team mates is looking for a top 3 finish in 2 individual events. Son swims the fly leg...2 seniors, a jr. and he the freshman..."swimming with the big boys!" Its exciting and nerve wracking too boot. <BR> <BR> I can take something away from this experience: focus, even on small steps is rewarded with success. If he c... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 07:44:28 EST Let the positives roll! What a wonderful weekend! Not only did it start by watching my daughter and son in their High School District diving championships - each of which did their personal best...can't ask for more! Come Sat. afternoon, family arrived for a February birthday afternoon and evening of great laughs, food and wine. Sunday I took a long walk with my recently widowed mother-in-law and just enjoyed spending time with her. She calms me. <BR> <BR> So come Monday morning - I decided NOT to weigh myself.... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:16:03 EST What a weekend ahead! My nerves are starting already....for my son - he has his final High School Championship diving meet this evening. This is the meet that determines who goes to the State Championship in 3 weeks. He has never made it to the final cut and is perhaps "hoping" too much and I am concerned about his psyche should he not make it to the final round of 16 divers...States is a reach. It is such a subjective sport - like iceskating. He hopes to do really well so that he finally has a sports accompli... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:05:55 EST liking these mini-goal/task days Well, 2 days into my goals program: write down 3 goals or tasks for the day and refer back often to help keep yourself focused. Yesterday I completed 3 and today I received a "I need your help" call from my DH that altered my timeframe for the 3rd task - no matter, I simply completed his urgent task and did so with a little more vigor so that I felt really good about it. OK - here it is: he is in sales and needed our large suv to drive clients tomorrow. Well it hasn't been cleaned on the i... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:12:12 EST "doing" for Lent For me to follow through with daily tasks is very difficult. I think it is even more difficult than say giving up cheese. So for Lent this season, I hope to DO my daily tasks. I hope to follow through on 3 small task goals per day. I read about this idea in an airline magazine while traveling. A young man lost his ability to walk and vowed to take to heart his grandfather's goal setting formula for successto help him meet his goal of walking. In its simplest terms: get a small notebook.... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:39:22 EST Midshipman - check An update on our son's quest to go to the US Naval Academy - he is in! Class of 2016. He received a letter of assured appointment in Novemember and then had his nominations interviews with his congresswoman and senator's nominations boards....he received a nomination and his official papers/certificate about 10 days ago. Sign his acceptance and mailed it right back. <BR> <BR> Also - our daughter did make it into the National Honor Society and for all her hard work at school is being rewar... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:09:17 EST Eagle Scout, check; Academy nominations apps, check; National Honor Society app, check What a week! If we could only bottle the adrenalin formed when under deadline stress, we all could make our goal weight in a month! I have been going non-stop, fast forward this week and viola! 2 pounds down. <BR> <BR> Let's see - my son's essays for his US Naval Academy Congressional Nominations applications were pathetic and the deadlines were looming...."you have to re-write from scratch and it has to be done by 7am tomorrow!" So he writes 2 breathtaking essays, thank goodness. Apps c... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:14:32 EST learning to use a laptop Have to laugh at myself....I am so used to the normal keyboard and this mini keyboard with the crazy "pad" for a mouse is proving to take a longer time to master. crazy Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:04:18 EST Mondays are usually good days; now to keep it going through the week I don't know why, but I usually have great Mondays. Perhaps it is because I have the house to myself after the weekend. this allows me to get things done, uninterrupted. <BR> <BR> But - at times when Tuesday comes, I get lazy or more likely bored with the "homemaker" role. So, my mini goal this week is to start and perhaps complete a mini project., beyond the normal house stuff. <BR> <BR> so there it is, that's the goal this week. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:00:58 EST honestly can I do this? So today I opened up the SP site for the 1st time in months.....I just have not been successful. I know I can do this, I just don't know why I can't stick to it and feed off little successes... <BR> <BR> So I am going to get the book out and start from the beginning. I hope to get my husband and kids behind me. I have a few motivators: 1) I don't want to wake up one day at 60 having had no energy for 10 years and not living life to its fullest 2) I have some really nice clothes that I wa... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 07:47:07 EST Sliding away, but still have a strong enough hand hold to get back Wow - I have been away from the site for a while now - several weeks. Not too bad, but I know it is affecting my healthy living! I have done fairly well keeping my eating in basic check, but a few bad habits have slowly infiltrated my life: too many tortilla chips, eating while preparing food, an extra glass of wine and the WOST OF ALL - reduced exercise. Wow is it easy to be lazy on the exercise thing! I had been walking and doing ab, arm and leg Fran? what happened? Rain... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 08:08:54 EST spinning for spark points Silly, I know. But I LIKE to spin the spark points wheel every day. Yep too bad its not at a fair with a real money win attached. <BR> <BR> Then it hit me - what if I were to put aside dollar for dollar each day or what ever 2x per week - actual money of my own equal to the spin. THEN reward myself when I hit a goal with the money? A new piece of clothing, lunch out with a friend or a piece of jewellery? <BR> <BR> yep could get expensive, but say 2x per week - and not on a day with t... Fri, 6 May 2011 08:12:39 EST The Problem With Being Rational Aren't we all rational? We can think things through, weigh the pros and cons and make fairly good decisions as wise adults....or for the young college set...."I know it all" young adults. Then why, when it comes to eating choices, do we have the amazing ability to POORLY rationalize why we are drinking or eating what we are drinking and eating? <BR> <BR> Such rationalizations have crept back into my brain starting every night around 6pm. My Lenten sacrifice of no wine during the week and ... Fri, 6 May 2011 07:52:27 EST No Emotional Roller Coaster Nope - wouldn't allow myself to go through it. I knew I hadn't exercised this past week. Excuses? maybe - rain and a sprained ankle - oh well. <BR> <BR> So here it is - Thursday morning and I was thinking: do I do it? do I get on the scale? How am I going to handle the result? Before I got on, I made sure I was comfortable with my decision to NOT get down on myself. Why? Because, I still feel very good about the changes in my eating habits and I know what a marathon this journey is an... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:17:55 EST Hesitated, but got on the scale anyway I just didn't want to do it, get on that scale. I am feeling so good about sticking with it, but knew I wasn't the best about it this past week. So I said to self: look the worst it can be is a pound up or so - you weren't that bad and besides - you know you could have done better. <BR> <BR> Well - I must have done something right - 'cause I'm down a pound again this week! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Conclusion - my efforts are being rewarded and now it seems my healthier eating is becom... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:29:12 EST Slow, Steady, Committed and Consistent After reading another popular blog by pinkhope this morning, I gained enough confidence in my choices over the past 21 days (beginning of Lent) to stick to my Thursday morning weigh-ins. I was pleased to see that I was down again, another 1.5 lbs. I weighed the most I ever have on March 9th - 168.5 and today it is 163.5. Finally, I am below my "beginning" weight from Dec? of 164. Amazing how easy it is to put the pounds on.... <BR> <BR> I am reflecting on what it takes to take it off and... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:37:50 EST